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Volumetric Extension Focusing Transparency Away From Neighboring Houses

Located in Montmorency, France, and bearing the name of its location, this villa extension adorns a home built in 1910 and updated to suit a modern lifestyle.This Montmorency Residence was re-designed by Francesca De Marchi of Paris-based NIM Architecture to include a contemporary addition that provided the family living here with a merger of old and new on their new property. Deciding to buy their first home, the young couple and their three children ended up enjoying a renovated house, as well as a contemporary addition gathered on a 1,000 square meter property. With a southeast orientation and placed on a slightly sloped land, the residence spotted on Muuuz lacked comfortable light-flooded social spaces, so this white volumetric attachment was designed to shelter the kitchen, dining room and lounge. Built within the limits marked by urban regulations, this extension showcases a green roof underneath which extensive use of glazing allows sunlight to penetrate deep into the interiors. Privacy was obtained by focusing transparency away from neighboring houses and creating a family-friendly environment complete with terrace and a green lawn.

 

The best architects can create designs which will give clients and the public things they didn’t even realise they wanted, and this is especially important when architects are given the difficult brief of creating structures in much-loved, iconic areas.

What is new and exciting now can quickly begin to look tired and out of fashion, so the best buildings don’t just consider what will be interesting to look at now, but also how it might look to people in five, fifty or even a hundred years’ time. 2013’s hotly contested RIBA Stirling Prize went to Witherford Watson Mann Architects for their work on Astley Castle, Warwickshire. In what RIBA Past President Stephen Hodder has described as an extreme retrofit, the project essentially saw a new building inserted subtly into the heart of the old, with a new, two storey residence now hidden within the sandstone walls of the ruins of this medieval castle, to be used as a holiday home for up to eight guests

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